Monday, January 14, 2013

Sweet nothings

Recently I received the Very Inspiring Blog award from pdiddly, janessewandtell and also from EmSewCrazy, thank you so much Pauline, Jane and Emily!

But I just had to laugh a little bit...  my 2012 round-up post attracted a comment, Anonymous of course, that read something like this...

Congratulations.  I think your blog is the most up your own ass (sic) blog I've ever come across.

My typical knee jerk reaction is to spam those mean-spirited comments, only now I wish I hadn't because in retrospect it's kind of hilarious, isn't it?  Maybe I should make up a button and all.  Except I have absolutely zero skills in the button-making department.  Would anyone like to receive that blog award?  :D

Anyways; inspiration, inspiration... now I do know you're supposed to write stuff about yourself here, but: well since I am taking part in the cloth habit Bra-sewalong masterminded by Amy at the mo' my brain is stuffed full to overflowing with thoughts of lingerie! and I thought I would share with you some of my current favourite inspirations instead... some colourful and funky, some cute, some eclectic, some ethereally beautiful, all have something to give one some great ideas, yes?
Orange - custom tailored lingerie; source
Mimi Holliday, source
VPL source
Stella McCartney, source
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Marni source
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anthropologie, source
Roseanna, source not found

If you haven't yet; do these lovelies inspire you to attempt your own lingerie??

I am passing the Very Inspiring blogger award onto:

I have been making some weird looking things... not very inspiring stuff I'm afraid.
This is my meagre progress in the sew-along so far  ;) 3 tester bras.  At least I think I have correctly identified my size at last.  
Because of one rather weird result I got in one online bra-size calculator, which I didn't want to just dismiss summarily without giving it the smallest benefit of the doubt; I also made up a 32C tester, the top bra pictured above.  Well, it was utterly ridiculous on me.  I quietly left that one out of the Flickr group!!  The other two are 34A (what I thought I was) and 32A (what I am).
And I have made my two pairs of matching undies already... they are now sitting on my sewing bench just awaiting their bra!

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  2. I have tried my hand at bra-making before, but eventually gave up as I couldn't get the right fit. Making the bra is not half as intimidating as it would appear - getting the right fit is the biggest obstacle.
    Well done Carolyn for persevering through all the stages and getting the correct fit.

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  3. Hi Carolyn.
    I want to congratulate you on one of the most inspiring sewing blogs I have come across. Ignore the anonymous tosser and continue as is.Alex

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  4. I just discovered your blog, it makes a good read and you're obviously very talented. Not up your ass at all! :)

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  5. Some lovely inspiration pieces and I'm impressed with the thoroughness of your tester bras. Due to a weekend away I've already fallen behind but hopefully it won't take long to catch up :)

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  6. I just love the anonymous, or spam comments - they usually give the best laughs - they are just so clueless ! Have always wanted to give them an award but can never come up with something creative enough to stop them in their tracks...

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  7. "Very Inspiring" seems quite the appropriate choice for your blog. As to your lingerie inspirations, I am very fond of the yellow satin. I love the look of the Stella McCartney, but having bought a white lace bra with black straps for my daughter, I know she found it totally unusable. No matter what she tried to wear it under, it always looked wrong - too white for under black and those black straps were awful under any light color. I could have changed the straps to white, but that would have made it just an ordinary bra.

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  8. What is it with these negative anonymii? My eyes just drifted over that last phrase "they are now sitting on my sewing bench just awaiting their bra!" and I thought, How are her breasts sitting on her sewing bench? so I had to go back and read the whole thing. I need more coffee...

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    1. Oh, and glad you liked the shoes. Sadly, no, I didn't get to keep the last, only the shoes. I might go back and try some more one day.

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  9. Hello. You do inspire me to make my own bras, so much in fact, that I did purchase the KS 3300. :)

    You do lovely work!

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  10. That up your own etc comment and your response made me belly laugh. Judith nailed it when she says they are so clueless. I always notice the spelling and grammar mistakes as well and that just makes me feel sorry for them. Unhappy people with sad lives wanting to tear down anybody they see who looks truly happy. Your blog radiates such warmth and joy I find. Some people can't bear that, it's actually painful for them to see and so they attack. Mmmm. Feeling all philosophical for some reason.

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  11. I too had to laugh at the anonymous comment - probably not the reaction they wanted though. You know how it is when you read something - you have a mental picture of the author - mine was " 5ft nothing, 200lbs with tattoos", on the other hand I might be just as wrong as she/he was!! Love your blog, my first port of call!

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  12. I wish I had something funny to say about your commenter, but I'm just shaking my head and wondering what is wrong with some people. I really, really want to make bras and I think I've found a pattern with a narrow bridge, but I am trying to be disciplined and actually finish some things that are here, in my sewing room, in the queue before I buy more patterns, more fabric and add more things to the queue.

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  13. I'm resisting the lure of making bras, cause there's so mush to learn and there are some very beautiful pieces that everyone is making at the moment.
    Your versions have look wonderful. Keep at it!

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  14. Are those your tester bras? I hope my "real bra" look half as good! Those photos are very inspiring but they kind of make me want to throw in the towel! Oh, well, I´ll stick to it and see what happens...

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  15. Ummm, yours is one of the least up your own arse (as we Aussies say, rather than ass) sewing blogs I've ever come across. You seem really quite humble to me.

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  16. Oh, anonymous commenters... that one was pretty mean, especially since you don't come off like that at all!

    Lovely inspiration pieces--I like the colorful ones best, of course!

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  17. Love your bras ... wait, that sounds kind of pervy, but I hope you know what I mean. :)

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  18. This is to the cowardly piece of sh^t commenter. If you are going to insult someone on their blog, at least have the courage of your convictions to put your own name to it. That way the rest of us who think Carolyn is Yoda of the sewing world can spam you for the rest of your sad pathetic natural life.

    Carolyn, I had to laugh when I read the POS's comment, it is so obviously not true, and the comment obviously was written because of jealously of your immense talent and prolificness (is that even a word?).

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  19. Wow, that's a strange comment. I can see how it could be construed as a compliment almost as easily as an insult. What could it possibly mean?

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  20. Like everyone else I just understand why people feel the need to be so spiteful by leaving nasty comments - not like they are forced to read your blog, unlike the rest of us who are forced to read it because we find it useful, inspiring and entertaining too! I am sure its only a matter of time when your bra-fitting is perfected and you'll join the band of NO to RTW bra group. I haven't looked back.

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  21. should have said "don't understand" (that will teach me to multi-task lol

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  22. People can be so obnoxious, especially when they don't have to leave a name! Personally I enjoy your blog very much; I also appreciate your honest and straightforward assessment of the patterns you've made.

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  23. I really like those colour-block-y designs, definitely inspiring.
    I have tried bra-making before but never got the pattern quite right yet. I fitted the sloper properly last summer when making a bikini but now my chest seems to have gone on a late and unexpected growth spurt...
    I may have to start all over again but I really want to make some lingerie this year.

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  24. I haven't the skills to attempt bras yet, but I love to watch your process and hopefully absorb some sewing mojo. And hell yeah, you should totally make a "head up your own ass" button that we can award to anonymous haters! ;)

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  25. Wow, impressive. Bras are not something I have been inspired to sew yet. Maybe I should quit reading your blog before you get the job done. :)
    Pretty sure if anyone could make me want to sew my own bra's it would be looking at your pristine makes.

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  26. Your gorgeous bras have inspired me to sign for up for the bra sewalong, first tester done, not happy, but the advantage is that the sewalong will assist with the fitting!!

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  27. Oh, no. While I love the thought of making my own bras, I can't even imagine trying to make that happen! Have you seen the new Lifetime program "Double Divas?" I shall continue to watch your up your own ass blog for all of your undie constuction!

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  28. There are miserable people everywhere that love to try and make others miserable. Don't pay any attention to it.

    I'd love to try making a bra. I wanted to join that sew along but since I am preggers right now, it's probably not a good idea. I can't remember what my chest looked like before and I can imagine it won't be the same after! I would love to make some crossover nursing bras, though... Thanks for passing along the award!

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  29. Wow thank you for the award, Carolyn! YOU are inspiring to me!
    I love all those bra pictures, especially the Stella McCartney's. Need to make myself some lace longline bra asap!
    Also that comment is hilarious! What was the poster even trying to accomplish by it? People are strange sometimes.

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  30. With inspirational posts from awesome bloggers like you, I'm tentatively touching my toes into tepid waters & maybe maybe maybe will try my hand at making a bra.

    Maybe.

    Meanwhile, yours are looking fabulous!

    ~from a big fan of your up your own arse blog ;-D

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  31. Oooh! I think that means you have really arrived when you get spam in your messages! Congratulations!!

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  32. there's nothing much I love more than pretty knickers! I'm sewing along too, but with moving house this weekend I'm a little behind. I'm loving your inspiration shots, although its just making me itch to start sewing again!! Love your work, as always.

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  33. You are a wonderful and prolific sewist.
    Perhaps the offensive poster was taken with the fact that you sew for yourself and model all of your own garments, featuring YOU.
    You look fabulous is all of your garments, and you family are all handsome, as well.
    If I had your figure, I would have no objections to recreating an image of myself in a sewing dummy. If my sewing dummy were as free of lumps and bumps as your figure is, I would be proud to make one.
    There is always someone who wants to rain on your parade. Forget them! It is your parade. Enjoy!

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  34. I agree with the above - and so you should try not to worry about it.

    It's human nature to be upset when someone criticises but I would also like to make the point that you are putting yourself out there on a blog that all the world can see and you should expect that not everyone is going to like what they see.

    Better to remember that 99% of your readers comments are positive. Keep up the lovely blog.

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    1. Thank you, and I appreciate that... of course, if people do not like what they see, they always have the option to switch off and never return. There is no need to leave vulgar rude comments that have the primary goal of bringing someone down.

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  35. Congratulations on your award, You are very inspiration to me x

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  38. Oh I'm loving the Stella longline Carolyn, and I'm loving Amy's sew along too, so much to learn. So pleased to read that you eventually found your size.

    Your little blog is very inspiring to those of us who appreciated great sewing. Just keep on doing what you're doing, BEING AWESOME. If you ignore them they'll eventually go away because they're not getting what they want- a reaction. Jealousy! that's all it is.

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  39. Yes, it is all your fault! I now have KS3300 and have bought the bits and pieces, cut out the pattern.......and now too scared to go any further. Or is it the heat? Too tired and hot. But not too hot to browse all those bra making sites and blogs. Oh dear.

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  40. Regarding the nasty anonymous comment, I really enjoy your blog. And as a non-blogger I so appreciate those who are willing to share so much for the benefit of others. Thanks!

    As for the sew along - I have been folling clothhabit.com and am very interested in trying my own hand at a bra. I'm a 34A as well, in my favorite brand/style. Although, I know if I made my own I'd be a 32A or possibly 32B just based on the fit of oh so many bras. It's just that most 32A in the store have the cups placed too closely together for me and too narrow of a cup. But usually I can't fill the top part of the 32B cup - when you can even find one in a store.

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  41. Oh adorable little Marni bra! It's crazy how these little sweet nothings start taking over your imagination ;). I'm still laughing over that post you made with your best spam comments ever. You inspired me to look in my spam folder and it was hilarious. Most of it trying to sell me shoes in every language possible but a lot of it offending me in order to get business. ...But thank you for being an inspiration!

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